Tha Kha floating market

A genuine gathering of floating farmers

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What we say: 4 stars

The tiny village of Tha Kha is set amid fruit farms and narrow canals 11 kilometres northeast of Amphawa, and its floating market has seen consistent village gatherings for well over a century.

In olden times, the dates when the market took place were based on cycles of the moon. While this tradition is still adhered to, villagers also now hold the market every Saturday and Sunday in the hopes of getting a handful of the tourists who flock to places like Amphawa and Damnoen Saduak to visit.

Tha Kha's is still an old fashioned floating market, however, so you'll need to arrive in the morning to see it in full swing. If you can manage that, it's one of the best places around to snap those shots of genuine farmers in rowboats trading produce they grew themselves. A handful of coffee shops and canal-side eateries have been set up in more recent times specifically to take care of the tourists, but even these are closed up by 13:00.

While here, don't miss the opportunity to pay a local around 100 to 300 baht for an hour-long rowboat cruise along the area's canals lined with tropical foliage, old wood houses and sleepy temples.

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How to get there: To get here on your own steam, head north out of Amphawa on Route 325 and follow the well-marked signs to Tha Kha floating market. The market can also be reached as part of a tour -- by boat or tuk tuk -- from Amphawa.
Last updated: 12th November, 2012

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